London Lite Friday, 26 June 2009 43 Inbrief Dans the man for lucky Brazil SUBSTITUTE Daniel Alves broke South African hearts with an 88th-minute free-kick for Brazil that dumped the hosts out of the Confederations Cup semi- final with a narrow 1-0 victory in Johannesburg. The Barca right-back, who only came on for the closing stages of the game, smashed in a powerful 18-yard set-piece to stun the huge crowd at the Ellis Park Stadium after their side had matched the favourites. City will Maic Inter big offer MAICONS agent claims Manchester City and Real Madrid are now showing an interest in the Inter Milan full-back. Chelsea had been strongly linked with the player, but big-spending duo Real and City are now ready to enter the chase, according to the players representative Antonio Caliendo. He said: Real are interested and I think Manchester City too, but not United. Everybody can be sold or bought in football. Pato monster bid is rejected AC MILAN have turned down a monster offer from an English club for Brazilian Alexandre Pato, according to the clubs vice president. The striker has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but Adriano Galliani insists Pato will stay at the San Siro. He said: The only offer that has arrived to our club was a monster offer from England. Pato will get a contract extension and there are no doubts regarding his future. Ade is Milans back-up option AC MILAN may turn their attention to Arsenals Emmanuel Adebayor should they fail to sign the Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnia international remains the Rossoneris top summer target but the Italian giants may have to look elsewhere. If we fail to get Dzeko then the Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano could be an alternative -- as could Adebayor, said Milans vice president Adriano Galliani. Melo content with Fiorentina THE agent of Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo claims the Brazil international has no intention of leaving the club this summer. Melo is a reported target for a number of top European clubs including Arsenal. But Emiliano Froldi is adamant the 25-year-old will remain in Florence. He said: Felipe is happy at Fiorentina. His family has adapted very well in Florence. Pearce refuses to pay the penalty for failure Keymen MARKNOBLEENGLAND THEWestHamenforcerhas unfinishedbusinessinthis tournamentafterexitingthepitch infloodsoftearstwoyearsago followingEnglandsgut-wrenching semi-finaldefeat.The22-year-oldis oneofEnglandsmoreexperienced playersatthislevelandhewillbe expectedtosetthetonewitha typicallyenergeticdisplaythis evening. MARCUSBERGSWEDEN THEFCGroningenhitmanisthe tournamentstopscorersofarwith fivegoalsalreadyinthebank.He boastsanimpressiveturnofpace andhaspowertoboot,butwill comeupagainstanequally impressivephysicalspecimenin theshapeofMicahRichardsthis evening.TheManchesterCity defenderwillrelishthebattleand hasformedapromisingpartnership withhisclubcolleagueNedum Onuohainthegroupstages. Latest betting MATCH ODDS England 11-10, Sweden 12-5, Draw 12-5. FIRST GOALSCORER F Campbell 13-2, G Agbonlahor 13-2, M Berg 15-2, T Walcott 8-1, J Milner 9-1, R Soder 10-1, D Avdic 12-1, M Noble 14-1, D Rose 16-1. Last 5 meetings 30 March 2004 Sweden 2 England 2 4 September 1998 Sweden 0 England 2 4 June 1998 England 3 Sweden 0 5 September 1989 Sweden 1 England 0 18 October 1988 England 1 Sweden 1 Probable Team (4-4-1-1) Harte; Crainie, Richards, Onuoha, Gibbs; Muamba, Noble, Cattermole, Milner, Walcott; Campbell. European U-21 Championship semi-final. Live on Sky Sports 1 from 4.30pm (KO: 5pm) ENGLAND v SWEDENSTUART PEARCE has taken all possible steps to ensure he isnt left gutted by another penalty shoot-out when his Young Lions take on hosts Sweden tonight. TheEuroUnder-21semi-final may come down to another nation-nobbling shoot-out and Pearce, who lost on spot-kicks twice as a player for England and two years ago against hosts Holland in his current role, cannot afford another failure. Staff have collated data and each member of Pearces squadhasarankingwhichwill determinetheirpositioninthe queue -- with no player allowed to drop down the order. Pearce growled: I will have a list of one to 23 penalty tak- ers. I know the order in which we take penalties. The only thing in doubt is the 11 on the pitch at that stage. We have analysed the direc- tion in which players take penalties, which is the most successful way for each of our players, the success rate of those players, and obviously the goalkeepers technique in saving penalties. We have spent two years working on those lessons. From years gone by the one thing that comes out is that when a manager walked out to the centre circle they had no idea who his best penalty tak- ers were. Hewouldaskwhofanciesit. That is not exactly a precise science, is it? Pearce, described by one Swedish newspaper as a nearlymanoverhisinfamous miss against the Germans in the semis the Italia 90 World Cup, also suffered when Eng- land went out to the old foe in the Euro 96 shoot-out. Andhevowsnottorepeatthe agony of two years ago, when an endless sequence of penal- ties saw hosts Holland go through to win this tourna- ment two years ago. He said: In my brief spell in international football as a player or manager we need to break through a semi-final barrier, that is for sure. Not only that, we need to go and win something. I said two years ago that we have to put foundations down for the senior team in my opin- ion. That has to be done. Since winning the Under-21 Championship in 1984, there have been 64 tournaments across the age groups and England have won just once. That was in 1993 when an under-19 side won with Sol Campbell, Paul Scholes, Rob- bie Fowler and Gary Neville. We have not been good enough, Pearce said. We are aware of it. If the stat is one win in 25 years then that is not good enough and we have to rectify that. BY NEAL COLLINS LITESPORT Fabregas is staying put CESC FABREGAS has reacted to speculation over his future by insisting he is wholeheartedly committed to Arsenal. The Spain midfielder has been linked with moves to former club Barcelona and big-spending Real Madrid in recent days, and was quoted in a report berating his team- mates impotence in their attempts to win silverware. He reacted to the latest rumours, saying: Im not sure how many times I need to talk directly about my commitment to Arsenal as I continue to say the same thing over and over again. So, for anyone who is unclear or may have misunderstood what my position is, let me make myself absolutely crystal clear. I am wholeheartedly committed to Arsenal and my future lies with this great club. VillasnubsPremierLeague VALENCIA striker David Villa has ruled out a move to the Premier League after confirming he will only play in Spain next season. Villa has been the subject of intense transfer speculation for the last few weeks, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea all being linked with the Spain hitman. The 27-year-old (left) is yet to decide on his next move, although he is sure he wont be moving to these shores. He said: When I said I had taken a decision it was true, and this decision is that next season I will play in Spain because it is the league that is best for me, I will not go abroad. Ive been through some tough moments, which are partly my own fault, but I decided to put it all aside and Ive not thought about it in the last five days. Noble gesture: West Hams Mark Noble breaks down in tears after the shoot- out defeat against hosts Holland two years ago index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html